AVMD allows you to quicky and easily deploy virtual machines to your Azure environment.
It connects to your subscription and retrieves all your storage accounts, VNETs, subnets, Cloud Services and locations.
AVMD also allows you to specify any additional disks you may want, whether that be standard or premium. It also lets you join your domain and allows you to remove any endpoints which are automatically created during the deployment.
SnaPatch is a fantastic addon to everyone that utilises Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) to patch their virtual server fleet.
SnaPatch connects and interacts with Microsoft’s SCCM, VMware and now Microsoft’s HyperV using Microsoft’s System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). By bridging all these platforms it allows us to remove the inherent risk associated with patching and updating servers. This is achieved by automatically taking snapshots of the virtual server prior to deploying any patches.SnaPatch also connects to your SCCM SQL database to pull vasts amount of information to provide you with the clearest and most up to date picture of your environment. SCCM is a fantastic tool for deploying updates to your Windows fleet, however, it relies on companies and system administrators to have dedicated test environments to determine the possibility of a patch having a detrimental effect on any particular server or application. Even if the patch doesn’t cause any issues within a test environment, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t cause an issue in production. The safest and easiest way to remove this risk is to take a snapshot of the virtual server before deploying updates.
SnaPatch removes all of these issues. Everything is automated and scheduled, and runs according to your preferences.
If you need to schedule power on’s or shut downs and avoid being charged while your virtual machines are not being used on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, Azure Virtual Machine Scheduler (AVMS) is the tool for you.
AVMS automates scheduled startup and shutdown of Azure Virtual Machines and can perform multiple granular power schedules. Simply select the virtual machines you want to power off or shutdown, create a schedule and AVMS will complete this and notify you via email when the job has started and completed as well as detailing which VMs within Azure you have selected. Popular uses for AVMS include Development and Test environments, where work loads are not required outside of business hours, normally with a reoccurring schedule so you can forget about doing this manually.
As an example, simply selecting all your Development and Test Azure VMs to be shut down outside of business hours at 6:00 PM, then start up again 6:00 AM. They will be ready for your Developers when they come in to the office in the morning and you wont be getting billed for services you are not using.
SmiKar Software was founded with one thing in mind – creating tools that would make it easier to administer an ever growing, risk adverse, complex environment.
WHO WE ARE
We have been in the IT industry for over 30 years and have worked for leading and large IT companies, so we’ve seen first hand how hard system administrators work. We created SnaPatch (which is pronounced “snap-patch”) to make it easier, and with less risk for administrators to patch and manage their windows fleet. We have personally witnessed on a number of occasions where a server was patched, only to then have it cause problems for the application it was running on. Trying to resolve these issues is always a major headache, and typically ends up meaning the server has to be restored from backups, or worse, spending many weeks reinstalling and reconfiguring the application!
WHO WE ARE
This gave us the inspiration to develop something that would remove that risk, be simple to setup and use, and not cost a fortune. SmiKar Software was born, and with it came the creation and development of SnaPatch.
We are an 100% Australian owned and operated company based in Melbourne. We pride ourselves on customer service and developing tools to help people manage their environment.
Feel free to contact us to discuss any aspect of what we offer or our software.
What our clients say
‘While traditionally in our risk adverse business, we would have to spend hours every month during the normal patch deployment cycle manually creating and verifying snapshots of servers then deploying updates. Your software has alleviated this risk by automating and informing us during the whole deployment process, that its no longer an issue during our Change Approval Board to gain approval for patch deployment. Thanks again for all your support and help during the implementation phase. Steve Mascot SCCM Guru
‘While using SCCM to update our clients servers has some pitfalls, we found snapatch an excellent addon to Microsoft’s SCCM. It has given the business a further level of confidence in our patching regime.’ Paul Steiner Systems Administrator
‘Thanks to Snapatch, we have reduced the number of hours manually maintaining our systems. It has made patching a breeze.’ John Fava IT Manager